Plaza Nueva Pharmacy by MOBIL M

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Barcelona-based architects MOBIL M have recently refurbished a pharmacy in Bilbao, Spain, featuring an interior inspired by the forests of the Basque Country.

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The tiles on the floor were designed to resemble those found in the historic centre of Bilbao.

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Large photographs of foliage and illuminated, glass counters representing running water have been installed to instill an atmosphere of calm.

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The brief was to create an entirely new space whilst designing it to be in keeping with the historic surroundings.

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Photographs are by César San Millán.

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Here is some more text from MOBIL M:

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The Plaza Nueva drugstore, in Bilbao (Spain), is set in an emblematic square of the historical centre of the city. The square, also called Plaza Nueva, is a protected area due to its historical value. The pharmacy was first open a century ago and had not been altered since then. The new owner acquired the local in 2008 and wanted a complete renewal, even though tradition and respect for the surroundings was to be taken into special account.

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The architect wanted the paving to bear a resemblance to an antique floor; that’s why he chose an exclusive design of hydraulic mosaic that looks like the typical tile used in the old centre of Bilbao. In combination with black tiles, they create a kind of zebra crossing between floor and ceiling. A black and white game that brings near the upper and lower part of the shop and contrasts with the green color that builds the visual identity.

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The back panel of the furniture represents the humid forests of the Basque Country. A unique and enormous photograph becomes an open window to leafy trees behind every exposed product. But something was missing: you can’t conceive a Basque forest without the comforting murmur of water. That was solved with a glass cascade behind the counters that puts the non-stop rumor of calm and welfare as a soundtrack to the place.

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How could all that fit in just 35 square meters? The architect in charge had help: pharmacy automation. An automated storage hidden in the cellar makes it possible to lose not a centimeter of useful space for selling and client attention. The result is, to have so little space to create has been not a handicap but a source of inspiration.

PLAZA NUEVA DRUGSTORE (Bilbao, Spain)
A MOBIL M project
Architect in charge: Pablo Ibarrondo
Graphic designer: Alberto Andino
Furniture: MOBIL M

  • marcos

    sorry, but i cannot see the basque forest.

  • lola

    Me encanta!!

  • http://bleuvelvet.com Leo

    sorry…don’t get it…a redesigned commercial space should witness merchandising improvement as well…and it all looks very chaotic!